Chatter for SharePoint Online Launch

It’s official! Chatter for SharePoint Online launches today – November 15, 2017!

Chatter for SharePoint Online is currently the only commercially available solution for integrating Salesforce Chatter and SharePoint Online. Take it for spin and see how easy it is to make SharePoint social!

Click here to sign up for your free 30-day no-obligation, no-hassle evaluation. If you need help – just email me.

 

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Chatter for SharePoint Online – Customer Preview

Hi Everyone! I am pleased to announce that Chatter for SharePoint Online will ‘officially’ launch on November 15, 2017! For the next 30 days I would like to invite current and potential customers to preview the new service absolutely free. When the product officially launches you will have the opportunity to extend your evaluation (once) for an additional 30 days or subscribe to the service.

To sign up for the Customer Preview use this link: https://sharepointadept.com/evaluation-request-form/

The service documentation and downloads can be found here: https://sharepointadept.com/chatter-for-sharepoint/

I’d like to thank all of our BETA testers – your feedback has been much appreciated. If you have any questions or would like pricing details please feel free to reach out to me at marcdavis@sharepointadept.com. Thanks!

Chatter for SharePoint Online – September Update

Hi Everyone! This is the update many of you have been waiting for – the principal development of the Chatter for SharePoint Online solution is complete. The app has now moved into the BETA stage and I am actively seeking organizations that would be interested in helping me test the solution.

To participate in the BETA you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an instance of SharePoint Online
  • Have an instance of Salesforce with Chatter users
  • Be willing to actively use the solution and provide feedback on a weekly basis

To sign up – please use this form: https://sharepointadept.com/evaluation-request-form/

I will be in contact to setup your instance.

The BETA test will conclude at my discretion – but not later than November 30, 2017. The BETA will be convertible to the Production version at the conclusion of the test period if you want to subscribe and use the service.

Please contact me directly for pricing and other details. Thanks!

Chatter for SharePoint Online – UPDATE

Hi Everyone. Less than a week has gone by since I officially announced the active development of Chatter for SharePoint Online. I am pleased to report that things are moving along faster than anticipated. I have the feed web part, authentication and the hosted code up and running. Still plenty to do but I wanted to share some initial screenshots of the progress:

Above: Screenshot of the web part running in SharePoint Online

 

Above: Close-up of the Feed Menu

 

About this App Info

Again – not done yet. Still have a lot of code to go through and test/update, a configuration script to write, additional features like Ribbon integration and Search to work on – plus all of the other bits that go into a finished product. I will be reaching out to select clients to help me test this app shortly. If you are willing and able to help me test – which includes providing feedback on usage, errors, performance, etc please reach out to me at marcdavis@sharepointadept.com. Thanks!

Chatter for SharePoint Online – Announcement

Hi Everyone. A significant number of my customers have reached out to me over the last several months about my Chatter for SharePoint solution and getting a version for SharePoint Online. I have been reluctant in the past to do a complete rewrite of the solution to make it compatible with SharePoint Online for several reasons – including performance, capabilities, cost and the sheer effort of converting all of this code to the client-side object model that Microsoft enforces on the multi-tenant platform. However – things change.

With Salesforce discontinuing their SharePoint products and ThreeWill (the only other vendor besides myself in this space) cancelling their SharePoint Online compatible product I’ve sort of been left ‘holding the bag’, so to speak, for this niche market. And a quick thank you again to Salesforce and ThreeWill for voluntarily recommending my products and services – I appreciate that very much.

It’s clear that the future of SharePoint is in the cloud; and it has reached a certain maturity and awareness that it’s time to start playing in this space. So I am happy to announce that Chatter for SharePoint Online is officially under active development and, unless something unexpected happens, should be ready for release in Q4 of 2017.

Here are some initial details so as to set expectations properly:

  • This version is based on the feature set of the on-prem version of Chatter for SharePoint 2.6 (the latest release as of this time)
  • The on-prem product will continue to be developed and, where practical, features in one will be present in the other
  • The solution will be a provider-hosted App; this allows me to reuse much of the existing code and the server-side performance gains – like caching (in this scenario – I am the provider; you will not need any infrastructure to run this app)
  • The initial release will include the feed web part functionality only; no User Profile Service integration or things that were typically in the Enterprise feature set. Some features can’t be reproduced; others will be added later. I will expand on this as development progresses further.
  • This solution will be offered as a subscription model – based on a user count. Subscriptions will include multiple environments (Sandbox, Production), support, maintenance and scheduled upgrades
  • This will be compatible with all Chatter licenses – including Chatter Free
  • Pricing and other details are in the works

I will be posting additional details of the development progress and the product’s capabilities in the coming weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly at marcdavis@sharepointadept.com. Thank you!

 

Windows Media Center – The End is Nigh

Dear fellow Media Center users,

I was hoping this day would not come – but since Microsoft ended support for WMC we have all been living on borrowed time. I’ve tried to delay this as much as possible for myself – because of the large investment I have in WMC technology – and for the community by offering new streaming options and other features for WMC. But – the reality is the technology I am clinging to is showing its age… and I can’t fix entropy.

I’m not going to tell you what to do – you guys will know when and what. I’ve reached a decision regarding my home media center experience that I thought I would share. I’ve begun the process of converting my massive library and systems over to Plex and a combination of Apple TV and Fire TV. Why? Right now Plex is the leading media platform (in my opinion). With the launch of their Live TV and DVR services it now has the last piece I needed to replace. As I am heavy into the Apple ecosystem – a couple of Apple TVs on my primary TVs make sense. I am also using the awesome Channels app for Live TV from my HDHomeRunPrime and Netflix. With Amazon about to release an Apple TV compatible Prime Video App – All of my media sources will be represented. On my other TVs I think I will be using a combination of Fire TV and Fire Sticks – mostly because of cost and amount of viewing time on those devices.

Couple of other recent events affected my decision and timing to begin the cutover – including the recent Rovi guide issues.

For those that are interested – here is what I am going with for the new setup:

Plex Media Server

  • HP 8300 USFF Desktop; Core I7-3770s @ 3.1GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • Samsung EVO 240GB SSD
  • Running Windows 7 X64 Pro (Why? Personal choice)

Storage

  • Synology DS414 with 12TB of storage

Tuners

  • HDHomeRun Prime (2)

Media Streamer Devices

  • Two Apple TV (4th Generation) devices
  • Fire TV or Fire Stick (3)

Apps

  • Plex (with Plex Pass)
  • Channels for IOS and TVOS
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • MCEBuddy (for file naming and conversions)
  • AnyDVDHD (For ripping)

This brings us to the Add-ins: Amazon Video for Windows Media Center and Netflix for Windows Media Center. At the moment everything is the same as it was yesterday; the apps are still available and I will be supporting them with updates and fixes as needed. I am mulling over my long term plans though. One option would be to just release them on GitHub and let the community update and manage the solutions. The other would be finding a motivated WMC developer that would like to take ownership of these projects – like I did for the Amazon plugin – and continue to develop them for the community. If you are such an individual – please contact me.

I would like to thank my many followers here and on The Green Button for their suggestions, donations and comments over the past 3 years. It has been a pleasure to contribute to the WMC community. WMC’s reign was good. The king is dead! Long live The King!

Just Released: Chatter for SharePoint 2.6

Hi Everyone! I am pleased to announce the availability of Chatter for SharePoint 2.6. Please see the previous blog entries for details on features and changes. Existing customers should carefully review the Upgrade PDF included in this version for important prerequisites.

If you have any questions or issues with this version, please feel free to reach out to me either on the blog or via the support email account. Thank you!